Art Basel Hong Kong Releases Roster

Hong Kong -- Art Basel Hong Kong has announced details of its second edition, taking place 15 May - 18 May 2014, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are already making plans to attend Asia's most important art show.

The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, will feature 245 premier galleries, from 39 countries and territories.

The show will include for the first time a Film sector, curated by Li Zhenhua, and hosted in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Galleries: The main sector of the show, will present 171 Modern and contemporary art galleries. Returning galleries will be joined by 19 exhibitors who will be new to the Art Basel show including: Anna Schwartz Gallery, Applicat-Prazan, Brame & Lorenceau, Galleria Franco Noero, Galerie Hubert Winter, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, gdm, Gerhardsen Gerner, Grieder Contemporary, Mazzoleni Galleria D'Arte, Meessen De Clercq, Meyer Riegger, Michael Hoppen Gallery, Michael Lett, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, and Zach Feuer Gallery.

The Insights sector will be dedicated to curatorial projects by 47 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will feature solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions.

Highlights from the Insights sector include: a presentation of Saudi Arabian artist Ahmed Mater by first-time participant Athr Gallery from Jeddah; a focus by Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, on Tatsuo Kawaguchi, one of the most influential Japanese post-war conceptual artists; Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, showing a selection of vintage gel photographs of Hong Kong by Brian Brake; Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, presenting a gigantic canvas.

The Discoveries sector will present a particularly strong showcase of emerging stars from across the world with solo- and two-person exhibitions presented by 27 galleries.

The $25,000 Discoveries prize will be awarded to one artist presented within this sector. Highlights will include: 55, Shanghai, who will give over their booth to Qingtai Hu, as a working studio; Hannah Barry Gallery, London, presenting mobile sculptures by James Capper, including a four-legged walking machine.

The Encounters sector will show artworks on an institutional scale, presenting large-scale sculptural and installation pieces, sited in prominent locations throughout the two exhibition halls. Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, will return to curate the sector in 2014.

The first edition of Art Basel's Film sector in Hong Kong will comprise a 3-day program.

The screenings will take place in the agnès b. CINEMA at the nearby Hong Kong Arts Centre. The program will be presented by Beijing- and Zurich- based curator, multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua. Li is the founder and director of Beijing Art Lab, and a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition 'Digital Revolution' to be held at the Barbican Centre, London this year.

Art Basel's extensive talks program will return to the show.

Conversations, the long-established morning program of talks and panel discussions, supported by Absolut, offers audiences first-hand access to renowned cultural speakers and opinion-formers from across the international artworld. An afternoon Salon series will serve as a platform for shorter presentations.

Art Basel will also be working closely with key cultural organizations across the city, including Asia Art Archive (AAA); the Asia Society; Para/Site Art Space; Spring Workshop; and M+, Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture.